The Seneca Nation of Indians today opened a statewide advocacy and advertising campaign designed to emphasize its economic contributions to Western New York and to protect its exclusive right to casino gaming in the region, regardless of what the state government does to permit casinos in New York.

The Senecas Mean Business campaign will promote the benefits of the Seneca Nation’s $1.1 billion economy, including the $125 million annual payroll for its 6,000 employees and the $167 million spent annually with local businesses and suppliers. The campaign will also seek the support of its neighboring communities as it works to maintain the exclusive rights to casino gaming granted by the 2002 compact with New York State and for which it invested $900 million over the last decade.

The campaign’s informational and educational web site is